What a friend I have in Jesus Part I
Synopsis of Bible Study 06/10/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
It is important not to become lukewarm in our relationship with Jesus Christ. There is a term called Christocentric which deals with having as the theological focal point the teachings and practices of Jesus Christ. In other words, it is saying that Christ is the center in all we do. The Church is an example of something that is christocentric. Which means the church should be focused on God. Because the world has shifted so much in what it allows, we have moved further and further away from God and as a result Christ is not the center focal point of the church anymore. We have moved away from the fire we had when we first met the Lord. The question is how do we get back to that place? There used to be a time that people would get excited just at the mention of his name (Jesus). Now you got to tell people what God is going to do for you, just to spark the same excitement. It is important to focus on the friend we have in Jesus. When you reconnect with God, you will understand what a friend you have in him
I. Life now
1. Paul shares with the church at Philippi how he was content whether he was on this side of glory or the other. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil 1:21 (KJV). Paul reminds them that if he lived he would be ok because God had his back. If he died, he would be ok because he would be in the presence of the Lord. Christ is the model after which Paul lived his life.
2. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on our faith. 10 As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, Phil 3:9b-10 (NLT) -Paul was in pursuit of knowing what it was like being in relationship with Christ. Now that Paul knows for himself how good God is, he says it doesn’t matter what problems he may encounter, because he has Christ in his life. There is no life greater than knowing Jesus got up on that Sunday morning. When we are in relationship with God, we realize that if Jesus can get out of tomb and defeat death, he can get us out of anything you and I could ever be in. Paul recognizes even if his life is taken, he gains something on the other side. For him, to die is gain.
3. Jesus came to give us life. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (KJV) -On this side of life, we are supposed to have joy and peace in our relationship with him. Jesus came that we might have abundant life. On the other side, we are alright too, because on the other side, we gain eternal life.
4. The validation of your relationship with Christ is based on what you have put away. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor 5:17 (KJV) -The validation of your relationship with Christ is based on what you have put away. There ought to be a big difference between what you are now and what you were, because of what you put away. Ex- Why don’t you curse anymore? Because I put those old things away. Why don’t you drink anymore? Because I put those old things away. When you put old things away, you have a new look, a new walk, and a new talk.
5. Jesus brought you back to life. 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Eph 2:1 (KJV) – When you accept that you were dead in your trespasses, you realize that Jesus brought you back from the dead. Life is the thing most of us take for granted. We think we are owed life, but we really don’t have the right expect it, nor do we deserve life (because of how we live). Instead of complaining about how hard life is we ought to pause and say wait, “At least we are alive to know that life is hard. We ought to rejoice in the fact that we are alive. If it wasn’t for the grace of God, you wouldn’t have what you have. There is somebody that would like to trade places with you right now, while you are complaining about your life. All you got to do is go to the nursing home or a homeless shelter to confirm this. There are some people that get up every morning and thank God that something ain’t hurting on them this morning on them this morning. For every person that does this, there is an older person that gets up every morning and thanks God that nothing new is hurting!
1. A president has the right to pardon people that have been convicted at the end of their term. We have been pardoned by our relationship with Jesus. To accept a pardon, is to accept we have been convicted which means we were guilty of our sin. God pardoned us. No one gets a pardon that hasn’t been convicted.
2. We are all sinners. 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10 (KJV) -There are none of us who are righteous. We have all fallen short. 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 (KJV)-Because we have sinned, we have all fallen short. For sum of us, it was just a few days ago that we sinned. For others, it was just a few hours ago. For a lot more, it was just a few minutes ago.
3. Prophetic Messianic Influence-6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6 (KJV)-There are lots of Old Testament scriptures that have prophetic messianic influence. The province of the Old Testament using prophetic messianic influence implied that the Christ would come 1000 yrs before he actually came. “Him” highlighted in the Isaiah scripture is an example of prophetic messianic influence. “Him” used in the scripture implied that the messiah would come. It implied that when he would come, our inequities would be put on him (Jesus). Sheep referred to in the scripture are just rebellious (the sheep represents us). Without a shepherd, sheep could not make it. They have a tendency to stray away. To understand how good a friend you have in Jesus, it is important to put in perspective relationship of sheep and a shepherd. Ex-Remember the father that had two sons and one went away, rejoices over the son over the lost son when he comes home. Remember the good shepherd that left his 99 sheep in search of the one lost one. Just like this, Jesus cares for you so much that he will live others to come and find you when you are lost.
4. How does God get us back in line? 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 (KJV) – -the rod of the shepherd was striaght up and straight down. It was used for correction. Just like the rod of the shepherd’s staff, there is no swaying in the word. It is straight up and straight down and is used for correction. It whips you back in line.
5. God can pull you back in. The Shepherd’s staff had a curve at the top of it. The shepherd would use it to pull the sheep back in line with the herd. He put it around the sheep’s neck and pulled them back into the herd when they strayed away. If you think about it, Jesus works the same way. That is what you felt when you were dropping it like it was hot in the club and that small voice inside you told you that you know that you did not belong there. God used the curve in his staff (or the word of God inside you) to try and pull you back in. Jesus loves us so much; he will not just leave us out there so harm would come to us.
III. Sin must become real to us
1. How do we get out of our sin? 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Romans 7:24 (KJV) –We messed up, how will we get out? The issue is we have to recognize, because of sin, we are in a mess. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 (KJV) -Just because we got saved and we have friend in Jesus, doesn’t exempt us from working out our salvation. We yet war with our inward man. We need to put in perspective how did we get reconciled back to God. Sin separates us from God. Sin always separates us from God. God sent one prophet after another, until he finally sent Jesus. If you walk in the light, you are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. There can be no reconciliation with God, without the shedding of blood.
2. We have been redeemed. . 7 He is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven. Eph 1:6-7 (NLT) we have been saved or rescued by the blood of Jesus. Soteriology [suh-teer-ee-ol-uh-jee] is the study of salvation. We could not save ourselves, so we looked to God to save us.
3. There can be no separation from faith and healing. They work simultaneously. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) What God did for Christ happened at the same time he was being crucified (the action that healed us). Healing is to prevent disease. When something is not at ease, healing is to say I can pin point what is not at ease and put it in its proper place.
4. Jesus was wounded for our transgressions. Ex-When a sign says “don’t trespass”, we do it anyway. In other words we are out of position or where we are not supposed to be. Jesus was wounded because we were out of position.
5. He was bruised for our iniquities. What are iniquities? These are the things in us that we are prone to do and maybe haven’t done yet. It means we have a genetic tendency to do these things without developing them, for example generational curses.
6. The chastisement of our peace was upon him. The things that chastised our peace and kept us up all night, Jesus took upon himself.
7. By his strips we are healed. We have gotten so far away from by his stripes we are healed, it is scary. When the Passion (the movie) first came out, we got to a renewed compassion for what Jesus went through for us. We were not at ease and we realized that at Calvary, Jesus was healing us. There can be no atonement without the shed of blood. When you look at the bible and trauma Jesus suffered, you will realize that the beautiful paintings that we see of Jesus on the cross are not biblically accurate. The trauma and punishment that Jesus suffered would have caused his head to be swollen; his eyes would have been blood shot, and etc…The bible says he did not even look like a man. When they hit him, punched him, and kicked him, why would he allow this to happen? The Roman Empire was so traumatic; they tied Jesus to a stump and whipped him 39 times. You got to go back further than slavery to get the full understanding of this. They would lace the edge of the whip with hooks and blades. Every time they would pull the whip back, flesh would come off of Jesus’ body. They did this 39 times. Here is the son of the living God being whipped almost to death and by one word spoken by him, he could have killed his oppressor and been back at the right hand of his father instantly, but he didn’t for our sake.
8. Why would Jesus go through this? There could be no redemption without the shedding of blood. The more blood that came out of him, the more of us would be covered. What can wash away our sins, nothing but the blood Jesus? There is power in the blood so we have to get back to pleading God’s blood over our situations. Ex- Bishop explains that it is discouraging watching people that are too busy to come back to Church on Sunday afternoon for communion after Jesus did all he did for us. All he asked you to do is as often as we come (for communion) do this in remembrance of him, remembering the price that he paid. Nowhere in the scripture does he say remember me, except for when he was talking about the communion. Because we have turned communion into such a formality, we drink and eat without any thought of what we are doing or why we are doing it. Remember, there can be no redemption without the blood. This will not really hit home to you, until you have reconnected with him. Only when you contrast your messed up life, to what Jesus paid for your life, will you refuse to allow anything to keep you from remembering what Jesus did for you.
9. What did Jesus do?
a. He imputed righteousness on us. He made us right thru his blood. Ex-You tell a child to make up their room, it will be wrong though it is the best they can do, but you will go behind them and make it right. This is what Jesus did. The Devil tries to say we are trying, yet we are not quite righteous, but Jesus comes back behind us and makes us right.
b. You got to recognize the power with having peace with God. 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Romans 5:1 (KJV) -we are acquitted from our sins by faith 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (KJV)- the is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus Christ.
c. We have power. We have the power to overcome bad habits. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil 4:12-13 (KJV)
d. We have power to change. 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Eph 4:17 (KJV) -Can you imagine what you were like before you came to Jesus? Do you remember how hard headed and stubborn you were? If you look just a few years back, you can’t believe you were like that. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 (KJV) -You have to understand power changes your mind. Ex-Explains this generation wants you to challenge their mind and heal their hearts. If you can get a person to change their mind, that is a powerful thing. When a person changes their mind, they have acknowledged that they were wrong.
e. We have the Power of provision. We have everything we need in our relationship in him. We have to quit allowing people to do for us, what he has already done for us. When you look at Psalms 23:1, a preacher can preach on this scripture every Sunday all year long and get a different revelation every time. 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23:1 (KJV) What they will do is preach the word and the spaces in between the words. For example: Psalms is written by David. Where is David? He is running for his life. Saul is trying to kill him. He is writing under pressure. “The Lord” written in the scripture is another sermon. David was living in polytheistic society which means they believed in serving more than one god. David says the Lord is over any hostile situation we can be in. The word “Is” is another sermon. The scripture says the Lord isn’t was, nor shall be, but is our shepherd. In other words, who will pay the bill? The Lord is. Who will fight our battle? The Lord is. “My” is another sermon. My problems are all God’s. The word “shepherd” is another sermon. Like the sheep, everything I need is in the Lord or our shepherd. “l shall not want”, is another sermon meaning completion. In this scripture are many sermons of encouragement.
10. Stop tripping over your life. 25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Matt 6:25 (NLT)
11. Look at the birds the next time you go outside. They don’t work, tithe or anything else, yet God takes care of them. 26 Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Matt 6:26 (NLT)
12. Who can look in the mirror and say they want to be 2 feet taller and it happens? Accept what you can’t change. 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. Matt 6:27 (NLT)
13. Lilies don’t toil or anything thing, yet God takes care of them.28 “And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. Matt 6:28-29 (NLT). They know God has them.
14. We are God finest creation and we try to figure out how god will take care of us. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! Matt 6:30 (NLT)
15. We worry about things, but God already knows what we need before we ask. 31 “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. 32 Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, Matt 6:31-32 (NLT)
16. We have to seek Gods way of doing things first. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:32-33 (KJV) keep doing it God’s way and he will provide you with what you need. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19 (NLT)